Notov, Ida
Interview Date
March 23, 1987
Ida Notov, a singer and volunteer who frequently performs at Western Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital, Riverview Center for Jewish Seniors, Forbes Hospice, Presbyterian University Hospital and her home; birth year, 1911;
[T1S1] birth in Lithuania; exile in Russia for seven years during WWI; return to Lithuania; parents' background; immigration to Pittsburgh, PA in 1922; religious observance in the home; education, McKelvey School, Schenley High School, and audit courses at the University of Pittsburgh; husband's background; residence in the Hill District of Pittsburgh; early recollections of Pittsburgh; musical studies; performance of traditional texts to original melodies; the use of music as therapy; her service to Western Psychiatric Hospital and Riverview Center; her siblings; home remedies in Europe; her work with myotherapy and reflexology;
[T1S2] her gift of healing; her service with Forbes Hospice, Presbyterian University Hospital; description of her gift of healing; administrative position at Liberty Cleaners; her daughters; residences; daughters' education and careers; changes in Squirrel Hill neighborhood; recollection of historical events; involvement with Montefiore Hospital and Hillel Academy; discussion of methods of raising children;
[T2S3] her family's exile in Russia; early years in Lithuania and Russia; her continuing education; certification in home health care through the Red Cross; violin studies; more discussion of volunteer work;
[T2S4] work with Bereavement Committee and Pastoral Committee at Forbes Hospice; entertaining the mentally retarded at home; interest in preventive medicine; discussion of singing as therapy; dry-cleaning disputes involving the Better Business Bureau; member, College of Advanced Jewish Studies, Pittsburgh Concert Society; nomination for 1984 president's Volunteer Action Award; her accomplishments, philosophy; a prayer in song; its translation
Social service; Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Lithuania; Music therapy; Russia; Squirrel Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Birth Date
Emigration Date
Volunteer; Business Management; myotherapist
Hill District; Squirrel Hill
Length (hours)
Alpern, Bernice
Meltzer, Pat
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 42
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